Trying to find a new look for your home ca be difficult. Committing to a style, theme, or even colour is a big step for anyone to take in their home. Being able to refer to other design ideas is vital when it comes to inspiration. What a lot of people misinterpret is the difference between copying a design that you see in a magazine, and using that inspiration to develop an idea that is unique to your home.
With this in mind, here’s a few places both online and offline that you can use to try and bring a new look to your home. It’s all about being open to new ideas but trying to maintain a degree of identity with how you decorate your home.
Started in 2010 as a ‘catalogue of ideas’, Pinterest has quickly grown to be the home of interesting design ideas online. Setting up a profile is very simple and thanks to the many thousands of users that use these sites, there’s no shortage of ideas to try out across the home and beyond.
Those who are in the business of photography know the importance of making a space appear a certain way. This can vary heavily dependent on what is getting photographed, but all kinds of lighting and props can be used to evoke a mood or atmosphere. I’m not suggesting you turn your living room into a photography studio, but you can certainly develop some ideas.
We all know how tempting it is to see what the neighbours are up to. There’s no better way to do this than to look at property listings in your area to see what people have done with similar spaces. Many of these listings will try out interesting style ideas to make a house appear as sellable as possible, and property resources often provide their own hints to help you around the home.
Whether you’re based in the UK, or the USA, there’s a great number of design based TV programs that are full of some of the most current interior design ideas from professionals across the industries. For some big ideas, look no further than Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs to see how design has the potential to influence a home from the ground up.
Hire a professional
For those with a budget, and a big project in mind, you could go a step further and find an interior designer to work with you personally. A professional designer will help you to bring an idea to life within the space you have, and can take ideas that you have and develop them further. This option is obviously only for those with a well sized budget, but can help if you’re really stuck.
There’s a great number of places to take your design inspiration from, and at the end of the day the only thing that is limiting you is your imagination. Look for ideas wherever you find them and see how they can be brought into your home.